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Charlene Wittstock’s Royal Wedding Jewelry

 

Monaco royal wedding watchers got two surprises at the highly anticipated nuptials of notorious bachelor, Prince Albert and former Olympic swimmer and all around hottie, Charlene Wittstock today.

No runaway bride. And no tiara.

 

Despite rumors of cold feet, Ms. Wittstock showed up in a smashing Armani Prive wedding frock that featured a 15-foot train with elegant embroidery and Swarovski crystals. Her look was topped off with a “Diamond Spray” tiara (if you can officially call it that) created by Lorenz Baumer with 11 encrusted pear-shaped diamond, according to Usmagazine.com.

 

The couple exchanged 18-karat white gold wedding bands from Cartier in front of the usual royal suspects along with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, James Bond star Roger Moore, former supermodel Naomi Campbell, and veteran fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Now that all that formal info is out of the way – can we talk about the ‘no tiara’ decision for a sec?

 

Kindof a shocker, considering the royal protocol for such things – but I for one think the look is smashing. Love the ‘spray’ effect and think it’s the perfect fit for her updo. So there. What do you guys think?

And while the palace PR machine denies any ‘runaway bride’ scenario, I have yet to find a picture where these two look like there’s one lick of chemistry left (unlike my fav royal couple – that Swedish sensation, Crown Princess Victoria and her commoner fitness-guru-turned-prince, Daniel Westling).

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

 

Speaking of, the serious royal bling came out the night prior for a benefit concert/civil ceremony, where the only fireworks happening were…the fireworks (just kiddin’ kids).

Here are my favorite shots from the night (you can always count on the carat-heavy coffers of Sweden to light things up). BA-ling!

Can’t get enough royal watching? Stay tuned for my “Princess Catherine (aka Kate Middleton) and Wills Take North America” fashion roundup. Cheerio!

Queen Silvia of Sweden
Princess Madeleine of Sweden
Princess Mathilde of Belgium
Charlotte Casiraghi (daughter of Princess Caroline – granddaughter of Princess Grace of Monaco)

 

P.S. Anyone have any info on this cool statement necklace the Princess-to-be wore the night of her civil ceremony?

Royal Wedding Fever: A Jewelry Cure

Jewelry hounds! The royal wedding countdown is reaching a fever pitch – with rumors swirling, photogs shoving and royal security teams working on overdrive – it will be a miracle if we all survive this phenomenon unscathed.

I am already trying to get a head start on my sleep so I can Live Tweet the proceedings from my spot on the royal sofa at 4AM PST on Friday morning the 29th. You should join me just to keep me from nodding off! Be sure to use #royaljewelry to join the morning mayhem.

But like the rest of the world, I’m just so darned excited for this shindig. With gas prices rising, wars escalating and Donald Trump’s hairpiece getting way too much air time – we really need this celebration of true love to lift our spirits, right?

So how do we stop our temperature from rising when new tidbits about Kate’s dress designer make the rounds (my money is still on Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton) or the bride herself is spotted buying eyeshadow on the streets of London or The Queen….raises a pinky finger in any direction?

Gawk at jewelry. And royal-inspired jewelry, no less.

Many jewelers have already capitalized on the Princess Diana/Kate Middleton engagement ring phenomenon – but one place, in particular, has already curated an entire assortment inspired by the sapphire stunner heard ’round the world.

JewelClub!

Here are few of my favs but you can click here to see their entire stash. – many that look just like Kate’s rock.

And feel free to page through some of my previous royal posts featuring crown jewels from around the world. The Swedish Royal Wedding is one of my favs.

Ok then, jewelry hounds and royal watchers. Seven days and counting. Stay with me next week as I post all the jewelry and fashion-related royal wedding tidbits I can get my paws on. Because reality is underrated.

Prince William’s Wedding Band Diss

What gives, Wills? I’ve been bombarded with reports that the King of England-to-be will (gasp!) NOT be wearing a royal wedding band.

Kate Middleton, of course, will be putting the pedal to the metal with a Welsh gold band bequeathed by the Queen, but her famous fiance is rejecting the most hallowed of bridal traditions for no other reason than – he just doesn’t have a taste for jewelry.

Yeah, neither does most of the warm-blooded male population, but they suck it up and wear the universal symbol for ‘I’m taken’ just the same. Just sayin’.

“It was something the couple discussed, but Prince William isn’t one for jewelry,” a St. James Palace aid tells the Daily Mail. “It really is just down to personal preference.”

It’s a bold decision for any groom to make, royal or no. Even Will’s father, Charles, wears a wedding band beneath his signet ring. But according to insiders, the Prince has Kate’s blessing.

What do you guys think of William’s wedding band balk? Is it OK for guys (any guy – not just the most famous groom on the planet) to take a pass on the wedding band tradition? Or is it all’s fair in love and ring fingers? Thoughts?

The Jewelry Insider

April 2, 2011

Jewelry hounds, just when we thought our Awards Show jewelry withdrawal was going to get the better of us, in walks April with a swagger and a promise:

Hold on to your “holy cow!” – It’s going to be one doozy of a diamond month!

Why? Well, let’s get the most obvious reason out of the way first.  For those of you living in a cave, the royal wedding is this month! Not only will we get to ooh and ahh at Kate Middleton’s wedding jewelry, we can gawk at all the other crown jewels and gems that are sure to make an apperance.

These ladies never met a tiara they didn’t like, Mary. For reals.

Stay tuned for all my jewelry-laden lead up to the big day on April 29th. And I’m of half a mind to Live Tweet the darn thing. Any takers for #royaljewelry?

OK. The next big reason to celebrate April? It’s this month’s birthstone. (Please excuse me while I seethe with envy at all you April babies). BUT even if you’re not born in April, many folks in bauble land are celebrating – including JewelClub with their April Is Diamond Month extravaganza.

Today, for example, I saw on their FaceBook Page that they are cutting the price of this 1/2 ct three-stone diamond anniversary ring by 83%. Not sure what they’re smoking over there, but as Meg Ryan famously said in When Harry Met Sally...

“I’ll have what they’re having…”

And they promise to slash the prices of lots of diamond classics all month – just check in on their Homepage and bring on the ice.

So we while we red carpet jewelry gawkerts have to wait until May 2nd to get a legitimate fix (The Met’s Costume Institute Gala is scheduled then – stay tuned), April is picking up the slack in a MAJOR way.

No foolin’!

Alexander McQueen’s Royal Frock Fest

Will Kate Middleton wear an Alexander McQueen dress to the royal wedding? If the rumor mill and today’s Paris Fashion Week runway show are any indication, we may have an answer to the most buzzed about fashion question since the frenzy surrounding Michelle Obama’s inauguration gown.

 

While the guessing game will likely continue until the event unfolds on April 29th, jewelry hounds and fashion fans can marvel instead at today’s incredible Alexander McQueen offering – Sarah Burton’s 2nd McQueen show as creative director, after his untimely passing last year.

 

The event was held at the ‘uplifting’ venue, Conciergerie, which was the antechamber to the guillotine during the French Revolution, holding thousands of prisoners, including one Marie Antoinette. It was also the site of one of McQueen’s most memorable shows, where live wolves prowled the premises.

 

A series of black, bondage-inspired frocks opened the proceedings, followed by an angelic display of white gowns laced with pearls and bone china (!). Needless to say, a princess would look stunning in any of these creations with a little royal-friendly tweaking.

 

While jewelry was a veritable no-show here (and on most of the runway shows in Paris this year), McQueen shoes more than make up for our need for the ‘lower jaw drop’ couture moment.

 

I know one Monster Queen who’s gonna want to get her claws into these….